Physical Activity: Safe Routes to School
Safe Routes to School = healthy, happy learners
Story: Walking to school means regular physical activity for kids
The Kingfield neighborhood of Minneapolis was excited when it gained a designated community school in 2009. For many children, this meant attending a school closer to home, just one of the many benefits of a neighborhood school...more
Why Safe Routes to School
Did you walk to school when you were a kid? Safe Routes to School (SRTS) helps more kids walk and bicycle to school more often through infrastructure improvements, education and promotional activities. Walking and bicycling to school helps families stay active and healthy and kids arrive to school focused and ready to learn. A comprehensive and effective safe routes to school initiative can help create a healthier community for generations to come.
“When I see kids walk and bike to school, I see kids that are full of energy and are ready to learn the minute they step into our school ...I highly encourage other schools to try a safe routes to school program at their school…the benefits definitely outweigh the effort that any school would put into it.”
—Principal Gary Anger, Red Pine Elementary, Eagan, Minnesota